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America Recycles: All Month Long

America Recycles: All Month Long

It’s November 15th, and it’s not just your average Monday because it’s time to celebrate America Recycles Day! But this year Sender One isn’t just celebrating for the day, we are celebrating all month long

What is America Recycles Day?

It's a national holiday dedicated to promoting recycling. The E.P.A (Environmental Protection Agency) promotes this holiday due to the many benefits of recycling:

  • Reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators
  • Conserves natural resources such as timber, water and minerals
  • Increases economic security by tapping a domestic source of materials
  • Prevents pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials
  • Saves energy
  • Supports American manufacturing and conserves valuable resources
  • Helps create new well-paying jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries in the United States

For our month-long celebration, we're providing ways to play our part in this national holiday and global cause. 

1. Remember to Recycle

At all Sender One locations you’ll find recycling bins available throughout the gym. To strengthen our recycling knowledge, we’ve added info posters on the bins for quick reference on what you can recycle to help reduce waste!

While you're climbing at the gym, you may come across the perfect opportunity to add one of these to the recycle bin:

  • Yerba Mate, Health-Ade, and Voss Water Glass Bottles
  • Proud Source Water, Redbull, & Starbucks Nitro Brew Aluminum Cans
  • Muscle Milk, Gatorade, & Tropicana Juice Plastic Bottles
  • SendBlend & CRUXGRIP Liquid Chalk Plastic Containers (Rinse First!)


2. Participate in Upcycling

At all Sender One Climbing gyms we are collecting retired ropes for an upcycling project that will support fundraising for the Animal Wellness Foundation. If you aren’t sure where the collection bin is at your gym, ask a staff member!

The retired ropes that you donate will be cleaned, cut, and turned into dog leashes so they can be reused by our furry companions! If you’re interested in helping us assemble these leashes, stay tuned for volunteer sign ups in our newsletter later this month.

The finished leashes will be sold at the  all Sender One Climbing gyms  and 100% net proceeds donated to the Animal Wellness Foundation. The Animal Wellness Foundation is a large advocate for the animal wellness movement and supports the cause in the following ways: 

  • Raising funds for companion animals of low-income families and for the housing and rehabilitation of homeless animals. 
  • Rescuing & fostering animals found in situations of abuse, neglect or abandonment, as well as in city and county shelters. 
  • Funding spay, neuter, and vaccination programs so every animal in their care receives the medical treatment they need.
  • Supporting animal protection policies at the federal level, getting veterinary experts to the frontline of the animal protection movement.
Build New Habits

Take a few minutes of your day to reflect on your current recycling habits - you may already be recycling in more ways than you think!

Consider if there’s an opportunity to introduce one or more new ways to recycle this month to build a habit of it year-round

If you need some inspiration on ways to introduce more recycling habits into your day to day, check out these accessible options: 

  • Bring a reusable bag to the grocery store
  • Buy rechargeable batteries
  • Print paper double-sided or reuse misprinted papers to make notepads
  • Bring a reusable mug to your coffee shop
  • Flatten cardboard boxes so that you can fit more into your bin.
  • Most metallic items can be recycled, such as empty spray cans and tin foil, plus empty soda, fruit, vegetable and other food cans.
  • Stop by your local recycling center and drop off anything that was not picked up by your curbside service.
  • To help your recycling center keep down foul odors, wash food waste off of food containers before recycling. 
  • Bring your own food to the office in a reusable container to reduce packaging waste.
  • Save office supplies by keeping your markers, pens and glue sticks in a clean dry space as heat makes them dry out.
  • Reuse office supplies: use newspapers to wrap things for the mail instead of bubble wrap or use paper clips instead of staples.
  • Use email for most memos and office communications.
  • Convert old sheets, towels and clothing into wash rags
  • Repurpose glass jars as storage containers
  • Buy second hand furniture
Movember: Supporting Men’s Health

Movember: Supporting Men’s Health

Many of us are familiar with the season of the mustache referred to as ‘Movember’, when we may find our friends and family growing out their facial hair during November. This is all in support of the Movember Foundation which is a leading charity working to change the face of men’s health around the world. 

What Does the Movember Foundation Support?

With their funding, the foundation support Men’s Health in the following ways: 

  •  Mental Health Improving overall mental health and helping men build stronger social connections can reduce the risk of suicide.
  • Prostate Cancer In addition to funding critical biomedical research, Movember works with our global men’s health partners to break new ground.
  • Testicular Cancer From medical research to easy-to-use digital resources, Movember is making leaps and bounds in testicular cancer support.

Through innovative research and support programs that tackle these driving factors of the Men’s Health Crisis, the foundation enables men to live happier, healthier, and longer lives. 

Men who have fought, or know someone who has fought, one more more of these health issues have partnered with the foundation to share their stories. Below, brave men like Will, Hal, and Fraser share inspiring words on how they persevere and work to make a difference. Read more stories from the Movember Foundation

Will's Story: There Were No Bruises

"Give him a safe space to talk through everything. You never know how much you can change someone's life by double-checking that they’re okay."

Read the Full Story

Hal Stern: Make Your Own Luck

"Faced with prostate cancer, David again made his own luck in treatment, attitude, and a refusal to accept limits." 

Read the Full Story

Fraser's Story: Trust Your Gut

"By starting conversations and taking ownership of your health, you’re setting a powerful example for other men out there who may be going through struggles of their own."

Read the Full Story

How to Support Men's Health This Movember:

While mustaches may be hidden under masks this year, supporters all over the world are participating in Movember to raise awareness and funds for the Movember Foundation. If you're interested in taking action, you can support Men's Health through the Movember Foundation by donating, fundraising, or educating yourself on how to spot someone in need of help.

Donate through Sender One: 

Limited edition stickers are available for purchase on-site at all three Sender One locations! 100% of net proceeds will be donated to the Movember Foundation.

Spot the Signs:  

Helping a friend or family member becomes easier when you know how. Follow four steps using ‘A.L.E.C’ to let the conversation flow:  Ask, Listen, Encourage Action, and Check-In.

Learn more on using these steps from the Movember Foundation

Fundraise Independently: 

The Movember Foundation has a multitude of ways you can raise funds, or you can donate directly! Here’s just a few ways you can get involved: 

Grow a Mo Patchy, lopsided, itchy or epic – whatever Mo you grow this Movember, your face will raise funds and awareness for men’s health.

Move for Movember Commit to running or walking 60 miles over the month, at your own pace. That’s 60 miles for the 60 men we lose to suicide each hour, every hour across the world.

Host a Mo-moment Rally a crew and do something fun and easy. 

Learn more about getting involved with the Movember Foundation in their Support Us page. 

Ready to Get Started on Your Mo'? 

Here’s some tips to make Movember more manageable:

Be prepared: Aim for a style that will grace your face, but embrace the mustache that nature gives you, because whatever you grow will save a bro.

Be brave: The first few days, even weeks, can be uncomfortable as your Mo takes shape. Ride it out to encourage donations.

Ignore the itching: Remind yourself of the strong men facing these health issues. Try and push through the face tickle.

Shape your mustache: Get across all the proper grooming techniques. A great Mo comes down to great grooming.

Nurture it and keep it clean: Look after your Mo, and your Mo will look after you.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: 7 Recipes to Try

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: 7 Recipes to Try

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15th, coinciding with the date of the independence of several Latin American countries, through October 15th.

Try out one, two, or all of these delicious recipes to discover flavors from Hispanic culture. We asked some of our staff to share their favorite recipes and did some of our own research to find the tastiest recipes for our community to explore!

Cuban-Style Picadillo

4 Servings

1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped

6 large pitted green olives, quartered

View full recipe and cooking directions.

Arroz Valenciana

6 Servings

1/2 pound chicken thigh or breast chopped
3 pieces chorizo de bilbao sliced diagonally
1/2 cup malagkit glutinous white rice
1 cup Jasmine rice
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 medium red bell pepper cut into strips
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup frozen green peas
1 teaspoon paprika
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup coconut milk
1 medium tomato diced
1 medium yellow onion diced
3 cloves of garlic crushed
3 boiled eggs
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
a pinch of Spanish saffron
salt and pepper to taste

View full recipe and cooking directions.

Pupusas de El Salvadoreño

12 Servings

1 head cabbage (small, thinly sliced)
2 carrots, finely shredded
1 red bell pepper, julienned
1 red onion, thinly sliced (small)
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 pound tomatoes (5 small)
2 oz white onion (1/2 small)
2 garlic cloves
4 cup water
1 teaspoon chicken bouillon powder
1 teaspoon oil (canola oil)
3/4 teaspoon white vinegar

4 cup Maseca brand Instant Corn Masa
3 cup water (scant)
3/4 cup chicharon, finely diced
3/4 cup Quesillo Salvadoreno (or mozarella or jack cheese) grated
1/2 cup refried black beans
2 teaspoons canola oil

View full recipe and cooking directions.

Mexican-Style Shrimp Ceviche

4 Servings

16 oz of raw, deveined shrimp (1 bag)
1/2 red onion diced
1 cucumber diced
3 tomatoes diced
1 jalapeño diced
1/2 bunch of cilantro finely chopped
1 1/4 cup of real lime juice
juice from one lemon
1/4 cup of Worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper to Taste
Frank's RedHot Buffalo Sauce or other hot sauce quantity depends on how spicy you want it
1 avocado

View full recipe and cooking directions.

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Empanadas

10 Servings

3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1 poblano chile

View full recipe and cooking directions.

36 Servings


View full recipe and cooking directions.

Dulce de Coco

6 Servings

1 coconut
4 cup of evaporated milk, or 6 cups of full milk
1/2 cup sugar
4 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract, (optional)

View full recipe and cooking directions.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: Businesses

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: Businesses

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15th, coinciding with the date of the independence of several Latin American countries, through October 15th. 

With this shortlist of Hispanic-owned businesses, you are invited to experience the richness of Hispanic culture as showcased throughout Southern California. Gather with your friends and family for delicious food as you dine in restaurants that showcase traditional Latin flavors. Decorate your home with lively plants or your body with artistic hand-made goods. You can even add a few self-care tricks to your daily routine. We hope that you will find a business that connects to you and welcomes a mas amor for our cuidad! 


El Rincon Criollo

There may be other Cuban restaurants in Los Angeles, but none catch the true flavor of the native land. Cuba was the place to go for food, fun, music, and gambling. El Rincon Criollo in Spanish means “the creole corner” and this little corner on Sepulveda is the place to enjoy lunch or dinner anytime.

4361 Sepulveda Blvd
Culver City, CA 90230


Esperanza is the South Bay’s newest dining destination – serving a contemporary twist on traditional Sonoran recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients, as well as expertly crafted, playful cocktails.

309 Manhattan Beach Blvd
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Taco Mesa

Taco Mesa offers contemporary cuisine honoring our ancestors, our bodies, and the earth.  Our new menu features GMO-free corn infused with herbs and spices from our in-house Tortilleria Organica.

647 W. 19th Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Mil Jugos

This kitchen offers the flavors of the unexplored cuisine of Venezuela to all food lovers. This is authentic home cooking, 100% Gluten, and MSG-free. Our menu is full of flavor,  made with fresh and natural ingredients with unique Latin flavors that combine all the different regions of Venezuela.

320 W 5th St
Santa Ana, CA 92701



Plantiitas is a queer and POC-owned small business plant shop. Carrying a carefully curated collection of tropical houseplants, stylish planters, and handcrafted goods. Great for your personal collection or as a gift idea, you are sure to find what you need at reasonable prices.

The L.A. Garden

Founder Dianna Martinez decided to take a leap of faith and leave her day job to create what we know today as The L.A. Garden or TLAG for short. As time progressed so did her ideas. She began to think out of the box and created her first "cajita" featuring her highly acclaimed succulent arrangements and customized Latin-inspired art.

The Plant Chica

Born in South Central LA to Salvadoran immigrant parents, Sandra and her siblings grew up helping their mother choose flowers and plants for the church where her father worked as a pastor. Sandra quickly inherited her mother’s love of plants and the joy they bring to people’s lives.


Lil' Libros

Lil’ Libros was created to inspire parents to read to their children and encourage them to do so in two languages. At Lil’ Libros, we celebrate Latin American culture and important figures in its history.

Siembra Heritage

At Siembra Heritage, we work directly with artisans from remote areas of Argentina to bring you one-of-a-kind, handmade pieces crafted with natural materials. This means, no two items are exactly alike. Our hands-to-store approach allows the artisans to create freely, while our shop remains loyal to small batch production.

Mi Vida

We fully support the DIY ideology and hand-crafted artwork, jewelry, fashion, and home decor. Our Chicano team is all about craft and design Hecho con Amor. Mi Vida team members design, print, and manufacture all of our products in Los Angeles.



Lilly Cabral and My Thai come from very family-centric cultures, Latinx and Asian - where food is culture. Calivolve is an extension of our cultures, our love of food, and California roots. That is why we painstakingly use only the highest quality ingredients, combining decadent chocolate with natural hemp extract.

Majestic Bliss

We strongly believe that using natural and eco-friendly products is the safest and most effective way to lift your spirit and feel your best. We do this by crafting the highest quality natural products that contain only the purest, non-toxic ingredients with an added hint of magic. Reclaim your POWER one bar of soap at a time.

Wildland Organics

Built on a foundation of conscious self-care and environmental stewardship, Wildland is committed to helping you live a lighter, more sustainable life. More essentialists than minimalists, we aim to provide a full line of multi-use, travel-friendly, and eco-conscious hair and body care products, that allow you to live light and live luxuriously.

WANTED: Climbing Buddies

WANTED: Climbing Buddies

So you just signed up for a Sender One membership or you’re new to the gym and now you’re thinking, “how do I find people to climb with?!” Lucky for you, Sender One has created a number of ways for members and guests to connect and climb together. Everything from meet-ups to online community pages, we’re here to help you find solid climbing partners and to make new friends!


Monday Night Meet-Up
Every 1st & 3rd Monday of the month, 7pm-9pm
Climb with new people and win some goodies in a raffle.

Other meet-ups and community events
Sender One prides itself in holding special community events throughout the year that include different meet-ups, Bouldering League, climbing competitions, movie nights, game nights, and so much more. You can find information about these events on our website or posted around the gyms!

Friends posing for a photo in front of a climbing wall.


Located on the Community Boards at each Sender One location is a Belay or Boulder Buddy Finder. It’s a short questionnaire that you can post on the Community Board to help you connect with others. Each post will stay up for about a month. Hopefully, you only need to post once because you’ve found your climbing buddies!


For a more virtual take on finding climbing partners, check out our Facebook community groups! Each location has a designated group where you can find someone to climb with or post about selling climbing gear. These pages are also great to stir up conversations and discussions about climbing in general. As always, please treat others with respect and follow the group rules.

Groups rope climbing together
Two women watch another woman bouldering on the rock wall


We’re all about supporting your journey in finding more climbing buddies. Here’s a creative way we’ve seen from people (successfully) finding climbing partners.

Step 1: Post on Instagram (via Story or Post) that you are in search of more people to climb with. You can include specifics like type of climbing, days and times, etc.
Step 2: Mention and tag us @senderone and the specific location account.
Step 3: We’ll re-share and let the connections flood into your DM!

Sender One is here to help you discover and connect with others while building lasting climbing partnerships. It’s just more fun that way!

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: Events

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: Events

The Hispanic and Latinx community has a strong history in the United States, and specifically in California. Their contributions and background have become ingrained in our own culture and society. Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15th, coinciding with the date of the independence of several Latin American countries, through October 15th. 

During this time Sender One will be offering blogs that showcase how you can celebrate and enjoy the spirit of the Hispanic Culture. 

We hope that with this list of events you will be able to discover something new about Hispanic history and connect with people from across Southern California!

Upcoming Local and Virtual Events Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month:

El Grito 2021 

Wednesday, September 15th 5p-10p 


In celebration of Mexico’s cry for independence, El Grito is a gathering of families and friends to enjoy time together with music, free entertainment, great food, and children’s activities.

 Moreno Valley Civic Center Amphitheater
14177 Frederick St, Moreno Valley, CA 92553

Latino Heritage Month: A Learning Circle (Virtual, Online)

Wednesdays September 15th - October 13th 6p


Explore the cultures of ancient Mesoamerica in our Learning Circle. Each week you will watch three episodes from The Great Courses’ Maya to Aztec: Ancient Mesoamerica Revealed on your own and then meet up to reflect on what we have learned.

Arroyo Seco Regional Library 

La Fiesta: A Celebration for Hispanic Heritage Month

Thursday, September 16th 6p-8p 

Free with Entry (Day pass, punch pass, or membership)

Connect with the Sender One community through games, music, & crafts while learning the history of their Hispanic origin!

Sender One LAX & SNA

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration 

Saturday, September 18th 2p-4p 


Family Entertainment including performances by Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuellar, Ballet Folklórico de Los Angeles, and West Covina's Ballet Folklorico International. There will also be games and giveaways. Admission opens at 1:30p. Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs. 

Plaza West Covina 
112 Plaza Drive, West Covina, Ca 91790  

Healthfest L.A! 

Sunday, September 19th 12p–6p


LA’s traditional and hugely popular Hispanic Heritage Month celebration has been re-imagined to address the health concerns affecting the Latino community. Event-goers will enjoy music, food, games, and shopping, all at the birthplace of Latino LA. HEALTHFEST L.A! is not just another health fair, it’s a celebration of life!

Olvera Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Baja Splash Cultural Festival  

Saturday & Sunday, October 2nd & 3rd 9a-10a 

Cost: General Admission $26.95 - $36.95

Live Music and dance representing cultures in Mexico and Central and South America, plus educational programs and other special activities. 

Aquarium of the Pacific 
100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802 

National Hispanic Heritage Month 

Thursday, October 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

Cost: General Admission $10.95 - $13.95 

National Hispanic Heritage Month traditionally honors the cultures and contributions of both Hispanic and Latino Americans as we celebrate heritage rooted in all Latin American countries. Join us as our local partners come to share about their culture through stories, art, dance, and music.

Pretend City 
29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618

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